Beat the Heat: Keeping Your Heat-Styled Hair Healthy

Heat styling can be a girl’s best friend and worst enemy when it comes to keeping hair healthy. Here are some tips for keeping your locks in tip-top shape, while still enjoying the benefits of your trusty curling and flat iron.

Don’t dry all the way

While we don’t recommend using a hot styling tool on dripping wet hair, dry hair can burn more easily. It lacks enough moisture to evenly distribute heat through the hair. So after you wash your hair, only dry it until it’s about 80 percent dry. If you don’t have time to wash your hair, spritz a little water on it, along with a heat protection spray, and you’re good to go.

Give damaged hair a break

If your hair is already damaged, give the hot tools a rest and head to the salon for a trim and some TLC. Your stylist can recommend products to help get your hair back on track.

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Use the right tools

Different hairstyles and types call for specific appliances. If you want more volume, for instance, an ionic blowdryer does wonders. A flat iron is great for creating smooth, sleek styles. There are even appliances for certain hair types. So do your homework and find out which styling tools are right for you. You'll be much less likely to cause damage to your hair.

Before you heat style, protect

As we mentioned earlier, a heat protectant will help prevent burning by evenly distributing heat through your hair. We love Hot Off the Press Thermal Protection Hairspray from Paul Mitchell. It protects fragile strands from damage caused by heat styling—and boosts hair's strength, fights frizz and provides flexible hold at the same time.

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